A weekend of exciting skill sessions and action packed games filled the annual NY2LASPORTS.COM Futures Camp this past weekend as prospects from Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin hit the hardwood over the weekend. While 2014 F/C Cliff Alexander shined on Day 1 it was sharpshooting 2014 G/F T.J. Schlundt who did much of the same on the final day. Here’s a quick look at some of the top performances from Day 2 of the 2011 Futures Camp…
(Note – Listed in alphabetical order)
Cliff Alexander – 2014 – PF – Chicago Curie (IL)
A dominant performer on the opening day, Alexander delivered much of the same on Day 2. Easily a top 25 national prospect right now, Alexander could very well land himself in the top 10 for the class before it’s all said and done if he continues to develop as expected. An excellent two day showing over the weekend.
Justin Baker – 2014 – PG – Northwest (IN)
An ultra-quick lead guard with skill, Baker has range beyond the arc and he put that on display during the second day as he mixed in a flurry of trey balls with some excellent passing a solid floor game to turn in one of the dominant performances of the day. He has instincts, quickness, handles, skill, and looks the part of an excellent young lead guard on the rise in the 2014 class.
Joseph Binyoti – 2015 – PG – TBD (WI)
One of the prized up and coming talents in the country, Binyoti is excellent with the ball in his hands as he utilizes his length, instincts, and skill to score at will and attack the rim off the bounce. One to pay close attention to in the coming years, Binyoti turned in a strong second day effort this past weekend.
Deonte Burton – 2013 – SF – Brewster Academy (NH)
Not too much more can be said about Burton that hasn’t. He’s powerful, skilled, instinctive, explosively athletic and virtually a man amongst boys when he’s at his best. A solid two day performance for him as well heading into the July “live” period.
Jonathan Carson – 2014 – F – Milwaukee Messmer (WI)
Long regarded as a dominant post talent, Carson continues to try and make the transition to the perimeter and during the second day of the Futures Camp the talented forward displayed some improved ability to make things happen on the perimeter. Still delivering his usual physical dominance and footwork around the basket, Carson knocked down some mid-range looks and trey balls and also looked improved during the skill sessions as he displayed a stroke with range beyond the arc. A solid two day effort for the young talent from Wisconsin.
Detalion Jackson – 2014 – C – Chicago Curie (IL)
A classic raw big with length, Jackson has solid coordination for his size and is decent in terms of his instincts. While his skill package is still raw, Jackson displayed flashes of his potential on the second day with some solid activity on both ends. Given his size one would expect Jackson to blossom into a solid prospect before it’s all said and done. He worked hard throughout the two days and showed decent speed, quickness, and instincts for his size.
Keith Mack – 2014 – SF – North Lawndale (IL)
A slashing wing with instincts and athleticism, Mack can get to the rim in transition and the half court sets with his long wiry frame. While struggling at times to finish, the talent and instincts are definitely there and on the final day of the Futures Camp Mack was impressive. As he continues to improve his raw skill package it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his recruiting stock begin to take off as he has the athleticism and instincts to make an impact on both ends of the floor.
Cedric Polk – 2014 – G – Wisconsin Lutheran (WI)
One of the best kept secrets in the 2014 class for the Badger state, Polk served notice over the weekend of his ability to make things happen. He has excellent instincts, solid handles, and can fill it up with a jumper that can be made at the mid-range area and beyond. Equipped with a scorers mentality, Polk impressed throughout the game and was another of the pleasant surprises on the final day.
T.J. Schlundt – 2014 – SG – Oconomowoc (WI)
A nightmarish first day for the sharpshooting talent evolved into an explosive second day at the Futures Camp as Schlundt came up big with a huge effort in the final camp. One of the premiere shooting talents on the rise in the 2014 class, Schlundt lit up the gym as he knocked down jumper after jumper in an impressive showing that not only saw him take over the game at times but also showed his character and ability to bounce back after a tough day on Saturday. Schlundt has instincts and a lethal stroke when he gets it going and that was evident on Sunday as he turned in an electric shooting performance on the final day.
Harrison Wooten – 2013 – F/C – Woodmore High School (OH)
A classic young big with a raw skill package, Wooten impressed at times throughout the two day session with his willingness to work hard and improve from session to session. On the second day he was active around the basket, attacked the boards, was aggressive on the blocks, and played hard on both ends of the court. With hard work in the coming years Wooten could blossom into a solid interior talent and collect interest in the process. He has the instincts and size to do so and that was evident throughout the weekend.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE 2011 FUTURES CAMP
2013 PG Jarvis Garrett was impressive once again. A classic playmaker, Garrett simply makes his team better and brings toughness, skill, and instincts to the court game in and game out.
Three other names to keep an eye on are 2014 G Joseph Stamps of Chicago Curie (IL), 2013 PG Brian Jenkins Jr. of Michigan City (IN), and 2014 PG Alondre Pickens of Mt. Carmel (IL). All were impressive at times throughout the weekend and served notice that they have the talent and instincts to evolve into solid talents in the coming years.
2014 F/C Cliff Alexander of Chicago Curie (IL) indicated that he’s collected offers from Illinois, Connecticut, Michigan State, Depaul, Iowa, and Florida State. He also mentioned that Ohio State, Kansas, Xavier, and Tennessee are amongst the many schools currently showing interest in him so far.
2013 SF Scott Hicks of Start High School (OH) is an excellent defensive prospect on the wing. Not only does he have length and instincts to create havoc on the defensive end but he is a solid athlete. He could really develop into a quality talent with hard work in the coming years.
Two players who had decent showings over the weekend were 2013 G James Reilly and 2013 SG Jake Laihinen of Homestead (WI). Reilly took over the game for a stretch on Saturday and Laihinen knocked down a number of trey balls as well. Both have taken some steps forward the past few months and delivered a couple of quality efforts on the opening day.
2013 SF Jamie Rutherford of Theo Bowman (IN) was impressive at times throughout the weekend. A slashing talent with a mid-range scoring package, Rutherford weaved himself in and out of the lane throughout the weekend and scored in the process. He was one of the many talented prospects in the gym who impressed at times.
Last but not least 2014 G Jerrelle Savage of Milwaukee Hamilton (WI) continued to open some eyes on occasion as he displayed an ability to knock down jumpers and slash to the rim. He’s a true scoring talent and has the ability to fill it up in bunches when he gets it going.